Swedish authorities to use cloud-based traffic control for emergency vehicles

A recently started Swedish research project, AD Aware Traffic Control – Emergency Vehicles, conducted by Volvo Cars, Carmenta, Ericsson, SOS Alarm and RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden is developing a cloud-based traffic control platform that builds on the Drive Sweden Innovation Cloud, and enables smooth and seamless information exchange between coordinators of emergency vehicles and automated vehicles.

The project will result in:

  • A prototype cloud platform for information exchange between automated vehicles and coordinators of emergency vehicles.
  • A public demonstration of the platform and its functionality.
  • Knowledge on societal benefits as well as important challenges with the platform. 

This question is addressed in the research project AD Aware Traffic Control – Emergency Vehicles where the previously demonstrated AD Aware Traffic Control platform is being further developed to include cloud-based services for sharing information between emergency vehicle coordinators and automated vehicles. In addition to weather, visibility and general traffic situation information, it now combines also real-time emergency vehicle and detailed geospatial information from local road networks and their surroundings to create a shared operational picture of the traffic situation.

In AD Aware Traffic Control cloud platform, the Carmenta TrafficWatch is a key component, which is designed to bring situational awareness, supervise traffic environment and control connected vehicles.

In its role as an active partner in the Drive Sweden strategic innovation program, Ericsson has developed and operates a cloud infrastructure for information sharing between vehicles, infrastructure and users – Drive Sweden Innovation Cloud that is, among others, hosting the Carmenta TrafficWatch and communicating with SOS Alarm Cloud as well as Volvo Cars’ Traffic Control Center for Automated Vehicles.

To create a better understanding of technical requirements that AD Aware Traffic Control needs to fulfill, and how it could add value to the society and accelerate acceptance of automated vehicles, a proof-of-concept evaluation will be carried out.

A public demonstration of the platform and preliminary project results is planned for the end of June 2018, and will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden (additional information will be posted on the project site). The project is expected to end in December 2018. It is co-funded by the Drive Sweden strategic innovation program.

Source: Ericsson